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Cory Wolfrom (2) and the Tritons will play Humboldt State Friday and Sonoma State Sunday.
Tritons Travel North for First Road Swing; Trip Features Matchups with Humboldt, Sonoma
Release: Tuesday 09/14/2010 

LA JOLLA, Calif. - Despite going winless in its first four matches this season, the UC San Diego men's soccer team elevated its play this past weekend in contests with nationally-ranked opponents Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills.

The Tritons kept the score 0-0 through the first 47 minutes of action Friday with the No. 2 Golden Eagles and on Sunday facing a 2-0 deficit at halftime, UCSD outscored the No. 19 Toros 1-0 in the final 47 minutes.

With a 0-3-1 overall record and 0-2 mark in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, the Tritons will aim to match that high level of play for 180-straight minutes in this weekend's pair of road matches. The first contest is at 4:30 p.m. against Humboldt State. The second is a Sunday 2 p.m. meeting with Sonoma State.

UCSD goalkeeper Jesse Brennan continues to build confidence in net, while getting plenty of help from the formidable back line of Jared Kukura, Harris Rabin, Alec Arsht and Gavin Lamming. Arsht tallied the Tritons' first goal of the season, a header to the back of the net in the 75th minute of Sunday's match with CSUDH.

Humboldt State stands at 1-1 in league play so far, after dropping a 3-0 decision to Cal State San Bernardino Friday and then topping Cal Poly Pomona 3-2 on Sunday. Similarly to the Tritons, the Lumberjacks have struggled to find the scoring touch early in the 2010 season. HSU has recorded three goals, while allowing six. Friday's match will be the sixth meeting between the two squads, with UCSD owning a 3-0-2 advantage in the all-time series.

Sonoma State also took one win and one loss out of the CCAA opening weekend, which followed non-conference victories over Fresno Pacific and Dominican for the Seawolves. A 5-3 loss to CPP on Friday likely dropped SSU out of the top 25 nationally, but the Seawolves rebounded Sunday to defeat CSUSB 3-1. High-scoring matches seem to follow SSU, as the squad has scored 13 times while allowing 10 goals to its opponents. Leading the Seawolves' offense are Taylor Varnadore and Trevor Hurst, with four scores apiece. In the all-time series with SSU, UCSD is just 1-10-1.

Statistically, the Tritons have combined to outshoot their opponents 62-45 through the season's first four matches. UCSD also holds a 25-11 lead in corner kicks. As the Tritons hit the road to challenge their North Division foes, Jon Pascale and his coaching staff are looking for their players to take advantage of all the offensive opportunities.

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